Building Inclusive Places:
Engaging and Empowering People and Communities with Design

Hosted in partnership with SCOUT, Northeastern University’s Student-Led Design Conference that connects students with the Boston design community.

Session Description

How can we design more equitable cities? In this session, we’ll consider the practice of community-engaged design and how involving people in architecture and urban planning processes can create more inclusive and resilient places. In this moderated panel discussion, Boston-based practitioners will share and reflect on their experiences leading projects and initiatives in private firms, academic and nonprofit organizations, and the public sector that involve and enable people to shape physical development, public policy, and social change in their communities with design.

This public program was recorded on Saturday, April 9th.
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Michael Chavez, NOMA, NCARB, LEED APPrincipal & Co-founder, Social Impact Collective, Inc.
Michael’s roles include the design of affordable housing, community service and engagement, commercial design and youth program oversight. Michael is an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, and holds degrees in Environmental Design and Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico and a Masters of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College.

Jonathan Evans, AIAPrincipal, MASS Design Group
Jonathan is a Principal at MASS Design Group with over 15 years experience managing architectural and urban design projects with a focus on initiatives with measurable community value and public interest. Recent projects include The Embrace, a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King on Boston Common and the J.J. Carroll Redevelopment, a 142-units senior housing project in Brighton. He is a mayoral appointee to the Boston Civic Design Commission where he reviews proposed development projects to help them have a positive impact on the city’s public realm.

Lily SongAssistant Professor of Race, Social Justice, and the Built Environment, Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities, College of Arts, Media and Design
Lily’s research interests lie at the nexus of race, class, and gender politics of space; infrastructure-based mobilizations and experiments; and reparative planning and design in American cities and other decolonizing contexts. She holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA in Urban and Regional Planning from the UC Los Angeles, and BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley.

Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director, Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA is an architect, educator, and writer dedicated to increasing understanding of design of the built environment and its impact on our lives. She has more than three decades of experience leading projects and programs that engage people and communities in design to foster more beautiful, inclusive, and resilient cities. Anne-Marie regularly contributes to national and international forums on design and cities including Metropolis Magazine. She is a Design Critic at Harvard Graduate School of Design and serves on the Boston Civic Design Commission and Association of Architecture Organizations board of directors. Anne-Marie holds a BArch from Carnegie Mellon and was a 2012 Harvard Loeb Fellow.

Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Ted is an architect, attorney, academic, and civil rights activist who serves as one of five members of the Boston Planning and Development Agency.